Friday, March 9, 2012

5 Ways to Build Your Portfolio and Earn a Living Writing

Today we welcome our guest, Brittany Behrman, who will share her tips on how to earn a living writing--either as a full time career or as a day job while working on your novels.

The writing industry holds a certain uniqueness: while many fields are filled with employees who are only working for a paycheck, more often than not, those who aim to spend their lives writing are doing so because they possess a passion that won’t allow them to ever stop writing (the dream of a huge publishing deal doesn’t hurt either!) While it’s a blessing to be able to make money doing what you love, a field full of people who love their job makes competition a little steeper.

As you’re pushing toward your big break, how are you supporting yourself? There are ways to supplement your income without taking away from the time you spend writing. In order to earn a position in the writing field, either full time or freelancing, it takes a strong portfolio and widely developed experience writing for publications.

I’ve put together a list of the five tips that helped me create a collection of samples to show employers my talent and devotion to writing; tips that eventually landed me a full-time job. Taking the time to concentrate on these five areas will put you on the path of securing freelance gigs or full-time employment writing.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to share my tips with the readers of Reading, Writing & Rambling. I hope they help you as much as they helped me in earning a steady income while improving the skills used to cultivate a manuscript.

About the author: Brittany Behrman began her writing career prior to college graduation reporting for her school’s newspaper and contributing to two sponsored blogs. Since earning her B.A. at Rutgers University in Journalism and Media Studies in 2009, she has spent the majority of her time freelancing and bouncing around the job market. In her tireless search for a writing position, she perfected these five tips and is now approaching her one year anniversary writing full-time for the Performance Marketing Agency, DMi Partners, and an education portal for online colleges,


Lark Howard said...

Thanks, Brittany! These are some great tips.

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

I'm echoing what Lark said, Brittany; thanks for the tips. Your enthusiasm and drive is evident in every one of them. Congrats on securing full-time writing work.

Brittany Behrman said...

Thank you again! I hope your readers find this useful.